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Sunday’s Madison Ironman will disrupt traffic in the downtown and campus areas.

Sunday’s Madison Ironman will disrupt traffic in the downtown and campus areas.

Ironman to disrupt traffic Sunday

Madison will be hosting an Ironman race Sunday, bringing street closures and alternate bus routes along with the triathlon. 

The race, which will allot 40 qualifying spots for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, will start at 7 a.m. Sunday, according to the Ironman website. Racers will start with a 2.4 mile, one-lap swim in Lake Monona before transitioning to the biking portion.

Bikers will ride 16 miles out of Madison before doing two 40-mile loops and returning into town. They will bike to the south side of Madison, down John Nolen Drive and do a loop around Highway 18/151. That loop will be mostly in rural Dane County. Road closures for the biking portion will last from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., according to a city press release.

The run will be two loops totalling 26.2 miles around downtown Madison and the campus area. The run starts on South Pinckney Street and ends on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near Monona Terrace where participants register.

In addition to closing down multiple city streets, the race will disrupt bus routes. According to Madison Metro, the 80 route will not serve Memorial Union, catering only to University Avenue and Eagle Heights.

Participants are expected to finish as late as midnight.

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